Shooting an NFL Carolina Panthers Game

First published on: Monday, 28 July 2008

Great sports photography by Phuddle, with some truly convincing action-stopping frames.
NFL Carolina Panthers Photos, by Phuddle with Nikon D50 and Sigma 70-200mm lens

The game was played under cloud cover, so the wide-open aperture of f/2.8 on the Sigma 70-200 lens helped in keeping shutter speeds high. It also didn’t hurt to have the Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) built into the lens to help with fast and silent autofocusing.


  1. Larger view of the images
  2. All shots were handheld, with typical shutter speeds of 1/180 to 1/1000 sec
  3. The D50 was in Aperture priority mode; this setting gave the desired (shallow) depth-of-field
  4. Phuddle feels that for sports photography, the Sigma 70-200mm is not handicapped by the lack of VR (vibration reduction) as a high shutter speed is needed to freeze action anyway. For additional stability, he kneels and rests his elbow on the knee
  5. Preferably, you’d need to be on the sidelines to get close enough with a lens having a maximum focal length of 200mm
  6. See more NFL Panthers pics at Phuddle’s photo gallery

Also of great interest is Randy’s (cheerleading) take on the same game, shot with a Nikon D70s.

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